Parents' Guide to

The Fairly OddParents

By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Creative and fun, with occasional mature humor.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 32 parent reviews

age 6+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Show quality tanked after main writer/producer left after Season 5.

Have you ever heard Timmy just call Cosmo as "Cosmoron" casually after the start of Season 6? That's the level of writing on the show after Steve Marmel - one of the main writers and producers - left after Season 5. Seasons 1-5 had wit, humor, wackiness, and just the right amount of random silliness from Cosmo that made the show entertaining. The attempts at humor from Seasons 6-10 feel really forced and Cosmo's randomness is just TOO random and at odd times that don't feel funny at all. The level of insults increased as well and doesn't feel right. Marmel was a standup comedian in his early years and knows how to make people laugh, and it feels like the remaining writers don't even understand any of the characters much less how to do comedy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (32 ):
Kids say (131 ):

Nickelodeon airs some of the most creative and expertly animated cartoons on television, and it has another winner with THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Much like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents can be fast-paced, raucous, and contain mature humor. Violence played for laughs -- characters squashed, clobbered, blown up, etc. -- isn't unusual, though no one is ever hurt permanently.

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